Rails 2.1 REST and custom routing - newbie question

Hi everybody, I am working on my first rest RoR app, and in short:
i have resource e.g (users)
instead of calling it using www.example.com/users/id my aim is to call
it
*www.example.com/id
*
id is pointing in my case to users.name field in database.

My question is what is the Rails Way of doing it? I tried on few
different
ways but as it is more “do to learn” project I wish to do it right.

My guess is to do in routing file:
map.resource :users
map.root :users

after that I have issue with redirecting (while its allright for me to
have
*www.example.com/users/new *for create but it is not fine when it
redirects
me to *www.example.com/users *after that.

Should I “hack” it using map.connect? or maybe from inside resource
controller?
Should I gave up with :resource shortcut and do it manually using named
routes?

The 2nd part of my question is (just to make it harder a bit) i wish to
have
something like www.example.com/welcome redirection when typed *
www.example.com
(welcome as a action of users)
. *I know to use
:collection
for :users resources… but how to make it work with map.root :users ?

I am quite sure that how to of similar thing is somewhere to be found
on-line, but I didn’t find it… hope to get at least tip:)

thanks

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